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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

VOLUNTEER: Cetacean Photo-identification Volunteer Position in the Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand


A volunteer is required to assist with an ongoing study investigating the site fidelity cetaceans in the Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand. This project is part of the ongoing research for the Hauraki Gulf Cetacean Project under the Coastal-Marine Research Group (C-MRG) at Massey University Albany, Auckland.

DATES:
While the field season runs year round, currently volunteers are needed from March – August 2017. A minimum commitment of three months is required and priority will be given to those who can commit for longer periods.

LOCATION: Auckland, New Zealand

FIELDWORK:
The volunteer position involves conducting field surveys, primarily collecting photo identification of common dolphins, Bryde's whales, bottlenose dolphins and killer whales (dependent on sightings). The successful applicant will gain valuable experience in conducting marine mammal field research, identifying individuals based on dorsal fin characteristics, and the use of databases for archiving field data.
Field work is physically and at times mentally demanding but it is a great opportunity to gain knowledge in visual cetacean surveying, to get hands-on field experience in relation to survey techniques, photo-identification, behavioural observations, and improve practical skills (data analysis, photo-identification).
Fieldwork is weather dependent and can vary between weekdays and weekends. Surveys will be conducted from a 20m whale and dolphin watching vessel.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
. Assisting with boat-based photo-identification surveys from a local whale and dolphin watching vessel collecting environmental, location, and behavioural data.
. Subsequent data entry and archiving of photo-identification information.
As this is a volunteer position, there is unfortunately no monetary compensation or living provisions. The successful candidate should arrange their own accommodation in Auckland, living expenses, travel costs and visa.

PREREQUISITES:
. Be reliable, adaptable, hardworking and patient as fieldwork is highly weather dependent. This means time off during bad weather and long consecutive days in the field when weather permits.
. Have a mature and independent attitude towards marine mammal research
. Be able to work independently
. Speak fluent English
. Be sociable, enthusiastic and have a positive attitude
. Strong interest in the marine environment and conservation
. Participants should be comfortable working on boats

QUALIFICATIONS:
. The project is well suited to upper level undergrads, recent graduates and graduate students who have some background in biology, marine biology, ecology, zoology or related fields
. Basic computer proficiency in MS Office (especially Excel)

Preferred qualifications but not required:
. Field research including photo-identification experience
. Previous experience in survey techniques and especially in marine mammal research
. Prior experience working on research vessels

APPLICATION PROCESS:
Applicants should send a short email to K.Hupman@massey.ac.nz, using "photo-identification position" as the subject line. The email should include an outline of why you would like to work on this project, the dates when you are available to assist on the project, your qualifications and relevant experience. Please also attach a brief CV including at least one reference acknowledging your relevant experience.
Early application is recommended as applications will be examined in order of reception.
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Krista Hupman, PhD
Adjunct Researcher
Coastal-Marine Research Group
Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences
Massey University
Private Bag 102 904
Auckland, New Zealand

Tel:      +64 (0)220 256 290

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Dr. Krista Hupman
(nee Rankmore)
Coastal-Marine Research Group
Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences
Massey University
Private Bag 102 904
Auckland, New Zealand

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